A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.
A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin. less
“Captivating in abundance, The Gift keeps you hooked throughout!”
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When you think of a psychological horror film, Jason Bateman would be one of the last actors one would imagine starring in it. The Gift, starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton is an extremely thrilling movie, with it's unlikely casting only adding to the overall experience.
Simon and Rebecca are a well-to-do couple that have recently shifted to LA because of Simon's job. They've suffered a miscarriage previously which has strained their relationship a little, but this was a fresh start for the both of them. Once in LA, both of them are warmly welcomed by Gordo, an old acquaintance from Simon's schooldays. Simon is surprised by this welcome, as he often used to refer to Gordo as a weirdo in their youth, and were never really all that close. Within a few weeks of moving in, Robyn feels that something is definitely off with their new place, and seems to be getting an uneasy feeling constantly. Simon on the other hand is having a tough time at work, as he's angling for a promotion, which further tests the couple's relationship. All the while Gordo keeps showering the couple with gifts and keeps saying cryptic things to Simon, freaking him out. Robyn decides to do some digging of her own, and what she discovers could change her life completely.
Joel Edgerton has done an incredible job in both directing and acting in The Gift. The casting of Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall was also spot on, as the lead trio don't put a foot wrong in the entire movie. The Gift build up an atmosphere of palpable uneasiness, without being overbearing. There's breathing room for the audience, but only just. The Gift is easily one of the best horror (being liberal with the use of the word "horror" here) to be released this year and is a must watch for all fans of the genre.